Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter.
In this edition we start with a good overview of world energy investment trends and then look at carbon capture and sequestration, followed by the evils of methane explained.
Next we have articles about using waste for energy and a car that is fully recyclable and made from renewable resources.
We also have articles about how young people in Asia are responding to environmental issues and we finish with an article about how fruit waste is being used to create an organic coating that helps avoid wastage of food.
In the latest IEA report we see global energy investment sat at $1.8tn in 2017, down 2% from 2016. This comprehensive report discusses investments in renewables, fossil fuels, nuclear and carbon capture – the latter which saw a peak in 2009, before collapsing to virtually nothing. The report stated that a dedicated commercial incentive as low as $50 per tonne of sequestered CO2 could trigger significant investment in the capture and storage of CO2 globally. Read more.....
News that the world might safely store billions of tonnes of sequestered CO2 is certainly welcome. Researchers found that large amounts of CO2 could be stored under the ground or sea with only a small risk of surface leakage in the following 10,000 years. The findings show that CO2 storage is safe and only becomes safer and more secure the longer it stays in the ground, due to a range of physical processes such as mineralisation. Read more.....
How bad a Greenhouse Gas is methane? Global warming potential (GWP) is a number that allows experts to compare methane with carbon dioxide. While CO2 persists in the atmosphere for centuries, or even millennia, methane warms the planet on steroids for a decade or two before decaying to CO2. In those short decades, methane warms the planet by 86 times as much as CO2, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.